Policeman denies threatening McAreavey murder accused

Policeman denies threatening McAreavey murder accused

A policeman has today been confronted with claims that he beat and threatened one of the men accused of murdering Michaela McAreavey.

Avinash Treebhoowoon confessed to strangling the Co Tyrone teacher in the days after she was strangled in Mauritius but has since insisted police forced him to make an admission statement.

The trial has already heard that the hotel worker has lodged a formal complaint with court authorities that he was beaten, stripped, had his head held under water and that officers tried to suffocate him with a towel during interrogation.

One of the policemen who arrested the suspect at the Legends Hotel, where the honeymooner was found dead, and escorted him on a number of occasions over the next three days was today read what the accused claims the officer said to him in the back of a police van.

Sanjeev Teeluckdharry, representing Treebhoowoon, challenged Constable Hans Rouwan Seevathian that he warned his client: "If you don't do what I tell you, I will beat you up again and you know how it's going to be. Listen well, you keep that in your mind."

But the officer rejected the allegation outright.

"No my lord," he told the judge.

"I never said those words to the accused party my lord."

Treebhoowoon was taken by police to the room where the 27-year-old newlywed was found dead two days after the murder to take part in a reconstruction.

While he confessed to police he killed her when she walked into the room and caught him stealing red handed, he now denies the allegation - insisting the admission was extracted by means of police brutality.

More on this topic

Michaela McAreavey's widower flying to Mauritius to make appeal over murderMichaela McAreavey's widower flying to Mauritius to make appeal over murder

Man cleared of McAreavey murder seeks damagesMan cleared of McAreavey murder seeks damages

Man acquitted of McAreavey murder gives TV interviewMan acquitted of McAreavey murder gives TV interview

Mauritius police launch new investigation into McAreavey killingMauritius police launch new investigation into McAreavey killing


More in this Section

Immigrant Council helped 27 female trafficking victims, including children, last yearImmigrant Council helped 27 female trafficking victims, including children, last year

Micheál Martin: Next few days 'absolutely crucial' in race to form Govt before June deadlineMicheál Martin: Next few days 'absolutely crucial' in race to form Govt before June deadline

Cutting seasonal workers' pandemic payments 'unfair' and 'wrong for the economy', says Pearse DohertyCutting seasonal workers' pandemic payments 'unfair' and 'wrong for the economy', says Pearse Doherty

Police hit out at 'gangster attitude' as they charge teenage girls in connection with Cian English deathPolice hit out at 'gangster attitude' as they charge teenage girls in connection with Cian English death


Lifestyle

Paula Burns talks to five Irish designers embracing the latest fashion trend. Born out of necessity, with a whole lot of invention - it's the couture face mask.Face masks: Five Irish designers embracing the latest fashion trend

Audrey has been sorting out Cork people for ages...Ask Audrey: Are we supposed to envy the gowls in Normal People?

Harpers from Cork and beyond have been making the most of online interaction, and a 240-strong ensemble will perform O’Carolan’s ‘Fanny Power’ this weekend, writes Pet O’Connell.Harps for Hope makes online connections to form 240-strong ensemble

A revamp of Disco Pigs may be on hold, but Corcadorca have developed a new socially-distant work for the residents of various housing estates around Cork, writes Marjorie Brennan.Disco Pigs on hold but Corcadorca to go live for Cork Midsummer

More From The Irish Examiner